I’ve been using KDE Plasma on my Levovo Thinkpad Yoga, and while it’s my favorite DE on my desktop where I have a physical mouse and no touchscreen, it’s not great for a laptop plus tablet “convertible” PC. Plasma doesn’t seem to “get” touchscreen input. There’s no automatic on-screen keyboard that pops up when you highlight a text field, you can’t tap and drag, no long-press to right click, and you can only scroll by swiping on the actual scrollbar. Is there another DE, or extension to a DE, that handles inputs more like “Android for laptops”, Chrome OS, or even Windows 10? That is, has a fairly intuitive touchscreen input (it doesn’t have to be perfect like an iPad or something), while still having good support for standard mouse and keyboard. Can anyone recommend anything?

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GNOME 100%. No question. It already looks like something that would be on a tablet.

Yeah, GNOME on Wayland. Not only the DE, some GNOME apps also utilize the touch gestures.

But also if you use Firefox (or forks), make it to run on Wayland MOZ_ENABLE_WAYLAND=1 (or simply enabling wayland on FlatSeal if installed via Flatpak). They you can have pinch-to-zoom feature in the web view. It’s pretty good.

About the OSK, you can enable the screen keyboard on the gnome-settings in accessibility section, the OSK will appear when a textbox is clicked.

but about the long-press to right click, I don’t know anything. But just like in laptop touchpad, I think you can just do two-fingers touch to right click. Basically various gestures are to be used with some variation of finger count and swipe movement.

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Definitely GNOME. From my experience, it has by far the best touchscreen and gesture support from any mainstream DE

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Definitely GNOME. From my experience, it has by far the best touchscreen and gesture support from any mainstream DE

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Hmm, I’ve never tried it, but I believe Plasma could fare better than that. For example, an on-screen keyboard definitely exists. Are you on a recent Plasma version and using it under Wayland?

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